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PowerShares DWA Global Momentum Index ETF launches on NEO Exchange


The PowerShares DWA Global Momentum Index ETF has become the first listed security to trade on Aequitas NEO Exchange, Canada’s new national stock exchange. 

Trading under the symbol DWG, this exchange-traded fund is the first listed in Canada based on the relative strength model of Dorsey, Wright & Associates, LLC (DWA). This is also the first time an ETF has listed on a Canadian stock exchange other than the TSX.

“For the first time in almost two decades, we witnessed the return of true competition to the listing of senior public securities in Canada,” says Jos Schmitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aequitas NEO Exchange. “Our vision of a more robust, innovative and competitive capital market in Canada has come yet another step closer to reality. With Invesco’s newest ETF listed on our stock exchange, we now offer a trading venue for all Canadian listed securities that is driven by fairness, liquidity and transparency, and a listing venue focused on the best interests of investors looking to build wealth and corporations looking to raise capital. We are thrilled to launch our first listing with Invesco as we enable this new capital market that will help drive our Canadian economy forward.”

DWG began trading on the NEO Exchange on ​Tuesday, 22 March, 2016. The first week of trading was flawless and allowed market participants to confirm readiness. The quality of liquidity provision during these first days of trading was particularly notable.

“Our first momentum-based ETF has been trading for over a week and we have been pleased with the early level of liquidity and investor interest,” says Chris Doll, Vice-President, Product & Business Strategy, PowerShares Canada. “We are very proud to celebrate this important milestone with the NEO Exchange. The idea of increasing competition in Canada makes perfect business sense to us. We are always looking for ways to be more efficient with our PowerShares ETF listings and we are strong believers in competition driving efficiency and innovation. As a shareholder, we have closely monitored the growth of the NEO Exchange since its launch, and with the development of our Global Momentum Index ETF, we determined the time was right to list on this new exchange.”

Invesco undertook an extensive review of the NEO Exchange operations before committing to its first listing and they were very satisfied with what they found, particularly with the NEO Exchange’s focus on liquidity, investor access and efficiency, all provided at the right cost. Invesco, and others to follow, can be confident that a listing on the NEO Exchange will help their number one priority: investors who invest in their products and companies. This is the benefit of true competition driven by the right values and ​principles.

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